Monday, 22 August 2016
SEPANG: Taxi operators should transform to stay competitive in the industry, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Taxis, he said, still had their own advantages and market share despite competition from e-hailing services such as Uber and Grab.
“If we look deeper, we can see that the conventional taxi industry has a different customer base.
“They still have the bigger market with wider chances compared to Uber and Grab and they can ferry passengers from both rural and urban areas.
“This is the advantage that taxis have and they should use this to plan and raise their services so that more people will use taxis,” he said after launching the 2016 Sungai Pelek Trips video series here yesterday.
Also present at the event were Sepang MCA chief Datuk Ng Chok Sin, Negri Sembilan MCA state liaison chairman Datuk Seri Lim Chin Fui and Sepang Goldcoast Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Gan Chooi Yang.
Liow said quality taxi services such as hired cars were still needed to bring passengers in rural areas to urban areas.
“And these services should still be improved from time to time,” he added.
The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) unveiled Taxi Industry Transformation Programme last week which, among others, would regulate e-hailing services.
The Government, said Liow, realised the competition faced by taxis from Uber and Grab.
“But we also want to encourage and call upon all conventional taxi drivers to be prepared for a transformation so that they can compete with the e-hailing services,” he said, adding that his ministry would work with SPAD to help the taxi industry.
Earlier, commending the video series, Liow said it was a good effort to introduce the unique Sungai Pelek town and its community to the people.
“The video series will tell more people about the uniqueness and charm of Sungai Pelek and in turn, stimulate the local economy and tourism activities.”
Ng, who mooted the project, said over 50 local community members were featured in the videos talking about the specialities from the town, ranging from delicacies to homegrown produce.
Source by: The Star Online